Young Girl in Blue (Head of a Blond Woman) (c.1906 – 1909) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Young Girl in Blue (Head of a Blond Woman) - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1906 - 1909

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Girl in Blue (Head of a Blond Woman)
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1906 - 1909
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Girl in Blue (Head of a Blond Woman)

The artwork entitled “Young Girl in Blue (Head of a Blond Woman)” is an oil on canvas portrait created by the esteemed artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, estimated to have been painted between 1906 and 1909. Characteristic of the Impressionist movement, this piece exemplifies Renoir’s focus on light and his distinctive brushwork. Currently, the artwork is housed within a private collection, indicating that it is not on public display.

In the artwork, Renoir captures the delicate features of a young woman gazing off to the side, her expression serene and contemplative. Her blond hair is loosely gathered, with gentle strokes of gold and amber that impart a sense of softness and light. The use of blue in her attire gives the painting its title and adds a cool contrast to the overall warmth of the color palette, dominated by earthen tones.

The girl’s skin is depicted with a subtle interplay of light and shadow, showcasing Renoir’s skill in rendering human flesh. The brushstrokes are visible and fluid, a hallmark of the Impressionist style, which sought to express the fleeting effects of light and color rather than to meticulously describe form. The artist’s signature is scrawled in the upper right corner, an affirmation of his authorship.

The immediate background is rendered in abstract swathes of color that suggest depth but provide no definitive context, allowing the viewer’s attention to remain focused on the subject’s features. The diffuse background further enforces the Impressionist intent to capture a moment in time rather than present a detailed historical narrative.

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